About our grants

The Youth Futures Foundation is committed to transforming employment for young people. We recognise that achieving this systemic change will be a team effort involving a broad range of employers, government, funders and organisations working with young people. Our activities and grant giving are designed to reflect this.

Here we set out the details of current Youth Futures funding opportunities. Over time we will be announcing further funding streams, advocacy and capacity building activity to support the wider youth employment ecosystem.

Emergency Covid-19 funding

In response to Covid-19 we have acted swiftly to develop an emergency funding response:

  1. We have significantly increased funding available for development and impact grants to rapidly increase youth employment provision
  2. We are launching an emergency levelling up youth fund to support young people from the hardest hit communities

In addition, please note that successful applicants for Development and Impact funding will receive funding for a 6-12 month period of planning and set up from September 2020 onwards (depending on when they apply), during which time no direct delivery to young people will be required. This will be followed by funding for a delivery phase from January 2021 onwards, by which time we hope face to face work will be possible again.  


Current funding available

Our rolling grants programme is designed to find, fund, support and evaluate promising practice. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. We are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to more young people.

We want to partner with organisations that share our values and are committed to learning, investing in good practice and sharing what works to transform the youth employment landscape.


Two types of grants are available

  1. Development Grants
  2. Impact Grants
Development Grants Impact Grants
Level of financial support available £30,000 – £150,000 pa for delivery and development Circa £100,000 – £1.2m pa for delivery +
An independent evaluation paid for separately by Youth Futures
Duration 1-2 years 1-5 years
Supporting towards employment Over 50 young people per year Over 150 young people per year


Development Grants

  • Level of financial support available: £30,000 – £150,000 pa for delivery and development
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Supporting towards employment: Over 50 young people per year

Impact Grants

  • Level of financial support available:Circa £100,000 – £1.2m pa for delivery +
    An independent evaluation paid for separately by Youth Futures
  • Duration:1-5 years
  • Supporting towards employment: Over 150 young people per year

Summary of who can apply? Full details are contained within our prospectus

Not-for-profit voluntary or community-sector organisations, or statutory organisations applying individually or as a lead organisation on behalf of a partnership or consortia, which:

  • have been operating for at least 3 years – with a track record of working with young people who are, or are at risk of, becoming NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training) and face barriers to finding and keeping decent jobs
  • offer an existing or new solution to youth unemployment
  • have clearly outlined planned activities, which link to getting young people into work
  • are committed to an independent evaluation
  • have an annual turnover of over £100,000
  • are not at risk of financial crisis

How to apply:

Step 1:

Interested in applying? Take our Eligibility Quiz

Please note that you will be asked to create an account, by supplying your name and email address, before you can take the quiz.

Step 2:

Already created an account? Log in here to start or continue your application.

If you need help:

Please read our grants prospectus and check to see if our frequently asked questions can help you.

Still need help? Please call us on 020 7553 4539 or email us at:

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